Kansas Jury Acquits Rwandan of Genocide

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(AFP) — A Kansas jury deadlocked Tuesday on whether an elderly Rwandan immigrant committed genocide 17 years ago, convicting him only on a charge that he lied to US immigration officials.  The verdict, coming at the end of a lengthy, expensive immigration trial, leaves uncertain the future of 84-year-old Lazare Kobagaya.  US District Judge Monti Belot allowed Kobagaya to remain free on bail while a pre-sentencing report is prepared and defense attorneys file an expected appeal.  Prosecution witnesses brought from Africa had testified that Kobagaya ordered people killed and beaten and their homes burned during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, in which at least a half-million people were slain.

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